News 

2016 December - Cataloguing of the Coptic, Bilingual [Copto-Arabic] and Christian Arabic manuscripts under the directorship of Stephen J. Davis continuous

2016 December – Dr. Yury Arzhanov visits the library to research scientific and philosophical texts translated from Greek into Syriac

2016 November-December – Conservation field campaign undertakes conservation and stabilising of five codices from the Syriac collection dating back to the 6th century

2016 November – Father Amoon el Souriany is appointed a new librarian by HG Bishop Mattaos, Abbot of Deir al-Surian  

2016 September – Father Bigoul el Souriany, librarian of Deir al-Surian retires from his duties in the library after nearly twenty years

2016 June- A new generator is purchased with the financial assistance from the Headley Trust by the Monastic Council

2016 May – Sir Derek Plumbly, President of the foundation visits the library and the conservation studio

2016 May – Mr. John Osborn visits the library and the conservation centre. He pledges a donation of £ 3 000 towards the Syriac Ms. 30. Mr. Osborn also sponsored the conservation of the Syriac Ms. 11 [MK6] in 2009

2016 May – Nigel Pilkington, Chairman of the foundation visits the library and the conservation centre. He pledges a donation of £ 3 000 towards the Syriac Ms. 28 [MK 2]

2016 May – HM British Ambassador John Casson visits the library with his wife Catherine

2016 May - The London Art History Society awards the foundation £ 3 000 towards conservation of Syriac Ms. 10 [MK 12], and Syriac Ms. 20

2016 May –Conservation Field campaign

2016 March - The Headley Trust awards £ 30 000 grant towards the purchase of a new generator for the library

2016 March – Sir Derek Plumbly, President of the foundation visits the monastery with Dr. Khalil Nougaim, Executive Director in Egypt for talks with HG Bishop Mattaos. They are accompanied by their wives. 

2015 November - Cancellation of the November conservation campaign due to the flood; lack of electricity and fresh water in the monastery

2015 November – Floods in Wadi el-Natrun: loss of lives and huge structural damage to the monastery ancient church of the Holly Virgin, 6th century and the 9th century walls. The library suffers superficial damage with no damage to the collection

2015 June – The Viscount John Julius Norwich launches appeal for a generator dedicated to the library on behalf of the foundation

2014 May-June - Cataloguing of the Coptic, Bilingual [Copto-Arabic] and Christian Arabic manuscripts under the directorship of Stephen J. Davis continuous

 2015 May – The Levantine Foundation resumes its conservation activities in the Deir al-Surian library

2014 – September – Launch of the Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts and Fragments in the Library of Deir al-Surian, Wadi al-Natrum (Egypt) at the boardroom of the British Library in London

2014 March - Cataloguing of the Coptic, Bilingual [Copto-Arabic] and Christian Arabic manuscripts under the directorship of Stephen J. Davis continuous

2013 – December – Cataloguing of the Coptic, Bilingual [Copto-Arabic] and Christian Arabic manuscripts begins under the directorship of Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies, Master of Pierson College, Yale University

2013- August – The Mercers Company awards the foundation £ 10 000 towards conservation of the collection

2013 – May – The opening of the new Deir al-Surian library and the conservation centre built with the financial assistance from the Levantine Foundation

2013 – March-April – Transfer of the collection into the new library building

2012-2013 – Fitting of the library and the conservation centre

2012 – January Completion of the new library by the architectural firm of Morad Bebawy & Meleka Farah

New Deir al-Surian Library and Conservation Centre. The Opening Ceremony - 19 May 2013 

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The National Library & Archives of Egypt Newsletter, November 2012

The Award Ceremony, Sofitel Hotel, Cairo, 25 November 2012

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Museology and Conservation Training Opening Ceremony, 6 November 2012 

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World Class Museology and Conservation Training Programme,     7-22 November 2012 Cairo

The programme, was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Antiquities, The National Library and Archives of Egypt and Leiden University. It was a follow up to a very successful 2010 programme for professionals from the leading museums, libraries and monastic collections in Egypt and MA students from the major universities in Cairo. 

The Training Programme was hosted by The Ministry of Antiquities and the National Library & Archives of Egypt in Cairo.

For more information please view the PDF

 

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